Virginia Chess Clubs

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Club info not updated and/or verified for over two years is subject to deletion. 
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Arlington (UPDATED 7/9/2022)

Club:                      Arlington Chess Club

Where:                   Mt Olivet United Methodist Church, Arlington, VA 

When:                    Fridays, Open at 7pm. Rated games start at 8pm.

Info:                       ACC meets nearly every Friday for rated Ladder games (G/90 SD/30 +30). Monthly tournaments include: Blitz (G/5), Action (G/30 d5), Action-Plus (G/45 d5),  DC Chess League (G/90 SD/30 +30), club championship(s), simuls, lectures, private lessons (by members), plus books/equipment for sale.  Open to players of all ages and abilities. At least 20% of members are under age 18. Players should bring their own chess sets/clocks/other equipment. See website for more information and to obtain annual memberships (lower rates for those aged 18 and under, and for 65 and older). Handicap accessible. No smoking.

Contact:                 Adam Chrisney,

Last Updated:        7/9/2022


Club:                      Arlington Seniors Club

Where:           Madison Community Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington, VA 22207

When:                    Mondays 9:30 am to 2:00 pm (except holidays and days when Arlington Public Schools are closed due to weather

Info:                       Newcomers welcome, instruction available. 9:30am - Presentations by FM Macon Shibut; Skittles games10:30am - 2pm Occasionally the group schedules a gambit tournament.

Contact(s):             Anne Peret, (703) 228-4878;      Macon Shibut

Website/social        Community Center website

Last Updated:        2/22/2017


Club:                      Road to Mastery

Where:                   20609 Gordon Park Square, Suite 130, Ashburn VA 20147

Info:                       We have organized the Road to Mastery Training Center.  Our goal is to give a helping hand to the avid chess players of Ashburn. and Northern Virginia as a whole. to walk the road that leads to chess mastery.  We are proud of this tradition we established in Ashburn Chess Club which was founded in 2009. 

Contact(s):             GM Akshayraj Kore,

Last Updated:        11/28/2017


Club:                      Virginia Commonwealth Chess Kids

Where:                   21690 Red Rum Drive, Unit 182, Ashburn VA 20147

Info:                       We organize scholastic tournaments and offer highly structured chess curriculum designed for students with zero chess knowledge all the way to the advanced (Class A) level. 

Contact(s):             Joseph Calapati,

Last Updated:        3/31/2018


Club:                      Chess Club of Virginia Tech

Where:              Room 102, Johnston Student Center, Virginia Tech

When:                    As of August 2016, meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:45 PM

Info:                       See Website: 

Contact(s):             John Josiah Pierce

Last Updated:        9/12/2016


Club:                      Charlottesville Chess Club

Where:                   St. Mark Lutheran Church 100 Alderman Rd. at the junction of Alderman Rd & Ivy Rd.

When:                    Mondays, 6:30pm - 10:30pm

Info:                       Pending

Contact(s):            John Teixeira

Last Updated:       2/14/2017


Club:                      U VA Chess Club

Where:                   Unknown

When:                    Unknown

Info & Contact(s):  Benjamin Vaughan (no contact info)
Last Updated:        9/12/2016


Club:                      Culpeper County Chess Club

Where:                   271 Southgate Shopping Ctr

When:                    Wednesdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Info:                       Click here to visit the Club's Facebook Page

Contact(s):             Louis Torres and Charity Karstetter

Last Updated:        11/4/2016

Dahlgren (Updated 3/11/2022)

Club:                      Dahlgren Seakings Chess Club

Where:                   Base Library

When:                    Wednesdays, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Contact(s):             Robert Getty

Phone / Email:        540-653-5521, Email to:

Last Updated:        3/11/2022

Fairfax (Updated ... 1/5/2023)

Club:                      Providence Chess Club

Where:                   3001 Vaden Dr., Fairfax, VA (in the Art Room)

When:                    Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Who:                      The Providence Chess Club is for Fairfax VA residents only.

Contact(s):             William Marcelino and Kim Hargan

Phone / Email:        571-278-4361, Email to:

Last Updated:         10/25/2022

Gloucester  (Closed, 29 April 2016)

Hampton (See Newport News)

Henrico CLOSED. 8/13/2020

Mechanicsville (CLOSED AS OF MARCH 19, 2019)

Newport News/Hampton (Updated, 18 Oct 2022)

Club:                     Hampton Roads Chess Club on the Peninsula!

Where:                  Ivy Memorial Baptist Church, 2200 Coliseum Drive, Hampton VA

When:                   Mondays, 5:30PM - 10PM; ALL AGES WELCOME!

Contact(s):  ask for Matt Thomas

Last Updated:       10/18/2022



Club:                     Hampton Roads Chess Club.

Where:                  See Virginia Beach for details

Last Updated:       6/16/2021


Club:                     Hampton Roads Scholastic Chess Club.  Run by the Hampton Roads Chess Association a 501(C)(3) organization.

Where:                   See Virginia Beach for details.

Last Updated:        6/16/2021


Club:                      Norfolk Community Chess Club

Where:                   Lambert’s Point Recreation Center 1251 W. 42nd street, Norfolk, Va.

When:                    Wednesday’s from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Year-round.

Info:                       Weekly chess club. Pop-up chess sessions offered for festivals and community events. 
                               Norfolk Facility Use Card or $3 daily guest pass required.

Contact(s)              Lisa Suhay Program Director  757-339-1811

Last Updated:        3/20/2019


Club:                      Slover Library Chess Club
Where:                   Slover Library  235 E Plume St, Norfolk, VA 23510, Norfolk
When:                    1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month from  6:00pm - 7:30pm  January - April 2017
Info:                       Meets @ the 5th/teen floor.  A free chess club for players of all ages and skill levels.
Contact(s)              Anton White  757-431-7480
Last Updated:        11/1/2016  Verified 3/21/2019


Club:                      Lisa Suhay @ Slover Library Chess Club.  Club is inactive until summer.

Where:                   Slover Library  235 E Plume St, Norfolk, VA 23510, Norfolk

When:                    There is chess activity on Fridays at 10:30 am but that’s in the Summer and Fall only.

Info:                       Current info will be posted when known

Contact(s)              Lisa Suhay 757-339-1811

Last Updated:        3/20/2019


Club:                      Richmond Chess Initiative (RCI)

Info:                       Open to all ages.  Parking on site, bus stop is close by.  See our website for more information!

Where:                   607 Wickham St, Suite 2, Richmond, VA 23222

When:                    Thursdays, 6-10pm until Nov 5, 2017.  On Nov 6th hours change to 5-9:30pm Monday thru Friday

Contact Info:          Mike Callaham, 804-426-6058,

Web Site:     


Club:                      RVA Pieces - The Richmond Chess Club (Updated, 8/12/2022)

Where:                   Rotating locations in central Richmond, VA

When:                    Regular meetups Saturdays, Mondays, and Thursdays. Tournaments on the last Sunday of the month

Info:                       Fun, casual play for all. Monthly unrated blitz tournaments. Free scholastic instructional programs at the Richmond Public Library.

                             See the calendar on our website for updated events and club information. Join our Discord server to connect with our community.


Website/social | Facebook | Instagram

Last Updated:        8/10/2022

Club:                     Chess Club at VCU
Where:                  VCU Student Commons
When:                    Wed. & Thurs. each week from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Info:                      Open to all students and non-students (associate members).  Currently have 329 members and climbing.  Average attendance at each meeting is 20+.
Contacts:               Juan Goncalves Borrega (President) at; Rich VanDeventer (Associate Advisor) at


Club:                    Roanoke Valley Chess Club

Where:                 Raleigh Court Branch Library. 2112 Grandin Road, SW, Roanoke, VA 24015  Map & Directions

When:                  Wednesdays from 5:30 to 9:30 pm

 Info:                    Come to the Community Room in back of the building We offer casual play, club ladders and championships, and a number of rated and unrated tournaments of various formats.

 Contacts:             Mike Huff/   (540) 345-7365

Website/social:    Website     Facebook

 Last Updated:    2/25/2017


Club:                      Star City Chess Club

Where:                   Grandin CoLab, 1327 Grandin Rd SW, Roanoke, VA 24015

When:                    Tuesdays 1800-2100 (free lessons), Fridays 1800-2200 (casual chess, unrated tournaments), Saturdays (USCF-rated play) See the calendar on the website


Contact(s):             Courtney Barnes, (636)-36C-HESS

Last Updated:        6/15/2016



Club:                      Kingstown Chess Club

Where:                   Kingstowne Community South Center (6080 Kingstowne Pkwy),
                                Near Intersection of KVP & Hayfield

When:                    Tuesdays, 7pm - 9:30pm

Info:                       Free, Everyone is Welcome

Contact(s):             Gary McMullin (703) 946-3561

Last Updated:        06/15/2016

Stephens City (Updated, 8/23/2022)

Club:                    Shenandoah Valley Chess Club

Where:                  Bowman Library 871 Tasker Rd, Stephens City, VA 22655

When:                   Every Saturday  10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Info:                      Free and open to the public for all ages and skill levels. Beginner / intermediate instruction. Rated/Unrated Tournaments, special events, and online training available.

Contact(s):            David Hubbard,, 540-316-0883, email:

Website/Social:    Twitter/Instagram: @WinCityChess

Last Updated:        8/23/2022

Vienna / DC

Club:                      Vienna Chess Club

Where:                   Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St. NE; Vienna, VA 22180

When:                    Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:15pmInfo:                       Casual Chess for players over 12 pending COVIDE update then all ages. Limited equipment so bring your own if you have them. Players are rotated after 2-                               Games,mostly timed at game in 15 No one under 12 is permitted due to current COVID restrictions,Masks must be worn. The club will follow Library             &VA                                      restrictions.

Contact(s):             Yuri Bogdanov (,

Last Updated:        5/22/2013

Virginia Beach 

Club:                     Virginia Beach Chess Club

Where:           Joint Use Library @ Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach Campus1700 College Crescent, Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Info:                       Casual Chess for players over 12 pending COVID update then all ages. Limited equipment so bring your own if you have them. Players are rotated after 2-3    games, mostly timed at game in 15 No one under 12 is permitted due to current COVID restrictions,Masks must be worn. The club will follow VA & Library restrictions.

Contact(s):             Mik Lestyan

Last Updated:         10/9/2020


Club:                      Hampton Roads Chess Club [HRCC]

Where:                   Eastminster Presbyterian Church  3229 MacDonald Road  Virginia Beach, VA  23464

When:                    Tuesdays, 7pm - 10pm

Info:                       Rated and casual chess for players of all ages and skills.

Contact(s):             Robert Jackson  Phone: 757-416-2075 Email:  Website:   Facebook: Click to view.

Last Updated:        6/16/2021


Club:                      Hampton Roads Scholastic Chess Club [HRSCC]

Where:                   Eastminster Presbyterian Church  3229 MacDonald Road  Virginia Beach, VA  23464

When:                    Tuesdays, 5pm - 7pm

Info:                       A chess club for scholastic [K-12] players interested in serious competitive chess. Beginners and experienced players.

Contact(s):             Tina Schweiss, email:   Website:   Facebook: Click to view.

Last Updated:        6/16/2021


Club:                    William & Mary Chess Club

Where:                 Office of Student Leadership Development, 203 Campus Center PO Box 8795  Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

When:                  Email for location. Meets Thursdays from 7-9 pm

Info:                     To promote interest in the game of Chess for fun and in preparation for competition. The meetings are designed
                             for William & Mary students, but visitors are welcome to join us. To participate, please shoot us an email beforehand.


Last Updated:      2/14/2017 

Winchester ... See Stephens City

Last Updated 01/06/2023 12:34:01 AM